Description - The Statue Of Liberty National Monument includes the famous 152-foot copper statue and Ellis Island immigration facility. Both of these sites lie in New York Harbor and are accessible by ferry. Located on a pedestal in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States in 1886. The statue was designed by French sculptor Frederick Bartholdi and given to the people of the US to commemorate the alliance of the two nations in the American Revolution.
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Statue of Liberty National Monument
- At the turn of the century the statue symbolized freedom for immigrants who passed through New York Harbor. Today it is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy.
Ellis Island located a short distance north in the harbor, is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Between 1892 and 1954, approximately 12 million steerage and third-class steamship passengers, who entered the United States through the port of New York, were legally and medically inspected at Ellis Island. Reopened in 1990 after a massive restoration a museum now consumes the main structure on the island.
Circle Line ferries Liberty Island and Ellis Island run 7 days a week, with the exception of Christmas Day, out of Battery Park, New York and Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Operating hours are from 9am to 3:30pm with a boat leaving approximately every 30 minutes.
Ferry ticket prices are as follows: adults $11.50; seniors (62+) $9.50; children (4-12) $4.50. There is also an audio tour available for $6 and for groups of 25 or more the audio tour is available for $4.
The Statue of Liberty was reopened as of August 3, 2004. Access to the inside of the statue can only be obtained through a timed reservation. Reservations can be made over the phone at 1-866-STATUE4 or online at www.statuereservations.com. There is a service charge of $1.75 per ticket purchased through the reservation system.
In addition to our ferry operations Circle Line also offers narrated Harbor
Cruises that sail from both Battery Park and the South Street Seaport at Pier 16.
The Miss New York sails from Battery Park. This one hour narrated harbor cruise aboard one of our historic vessels sails at 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, and 4:45pm daily. Tickets for the Miss New York Harbor Cruise are priced as follows: adults $12; seniors (62+) $10; children (4-12) $6.
The newest additions to our fleet are the ZEPHYR and the Shark both sailing from The South Street Seaport. The ZEPHYR, a luxurious catamaran, boasting three decks from which to take in the magnificent sights of New York offers a narrated harbor cruise sailing daily from 12pm 6pm every hour and a half with an addition 7:30pm cruise on Fridays and Saturdays through September 10. Tickets for the ZEPHYR are priced as follows: adults $20; seniors (62+) $18; children (4-12) $12. There is also a group rate for groups of 15 or more: adults $16; seniors (62+) $15; children (4-12) $11.
The Shark is a 30 minute, high speed, thrill ride leaving from the South Street Seaport and emceed by our fun and knowledgeable captains as it screams past the skyline and brings you within feet of Lady Liberty. The shark runs daily from 12pm-7pm every hour and the prices are as follows: adults $16; senior (62+) $14; children (4-12) $10. Shark also offers a group rate for groups of 15 or more: adults $14; seniors (62+) $12; children (4-12) $8. **You must be 40² to ride the Shark**
There is also a ZEPHYR/Shark combo ticket available. The prices are as follows: adults $29; seniors (62+) $26; children (4-12) $18. A group rate is also available for groups of 15 or more: adults $24; seniors (62+) $21; children (4-12) $15.
Recreation - Activities for visitors to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island include viewing exhibits, touring the statue and immigration buildings and viewing scenery. At the Statue of Liberty National Monument, visitors can climb 354 steps (22 stories) to the Statue's crown. An elevator which goes as high as the top of the pedestal is also available.
The Statue of Liberty Museum is located inside the pedestal. Museum exhibits chronicle the life of the Statue from her inception in France,
through her construction and the Statue's evolution into an international symbol of political freedom. Tours are given by National Park Service
rangers, staffing levels permitting.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers a variety of exhibits and programs about the history of Ellis Island and the immigration process. Immigrants were processed in the "Main Building" at Ellis Island while the immigration station was open between 1892 and 1954. Today, the Main Building is a three floor museum, containing a variety of self-guided permanent exhibits. The site is the country's only museum devoted entirely to immigration.
The museum includes a research library that contains materials related to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and immigration history. The Oral History Collection includes over 1,000 taped and transcribed interviews of Ellis Island immigrants and staff. Both the Library and Oral History Collection are open to the public during regular operating hours of the museum.
Climate - Summers in the city are hot and humid with high temperatures usually in the upper 80s to 90s. Winters are cold and last from November through March.
The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum on Ellis Island are located in Lower New York Harbor, slightly over one mile from Lower Manhattan. Liberty and Ellis Islands are accessible by ferry service only.